JCP okays nomination of Justice Ayesha as top court judge

With a vote of five to four, the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Thursday approved the nomination of Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as Supreme Court judge

She will be the first female Supreme Court judge in the judicial history of Pakistan

Justice Ayesha is number four on the Lahore High Court (LHC) judge seniority list

She became a judge of the court in March 2012

In case of her elevation, she will work as a Supreme Court judge until June 2031

She will also become the CJP after the retirement of Justice Yahya Afridi in January 2030

Read more: Lawyers announce countrywide strike against elevation of Justice Ayesha Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, retired judge Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan and Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem endorsed her nomination

Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and PBC representative Akhtar Hussain opposed her nomination

Four members insisted that criteria should be evolved for the appointment of superior court judges first, adding that the seniority principle should be followed for the appointment of SC judges

It is learnt that CJP Gulzar assured that the committee would be constituted to lay down criteria by amending JCP rules

Recently, the representatives of superior bars again threatened to boycott all proceedings of courts in case today's meeting for the nomination is not postponed or recalled

Also read: Judge sets out reasons why he opposed Ayesha’s elevation The meeting had expressed its commitment to the independence of the judiciary, rule of law and establishment of real democratic institutions in the country

The representative meeting took notice of the nomination of Justice Ayesha Malik for appointment in the Honourable Supreme Court, violating the seniority principle, superseding three Honourable judges of the LHC including the Honourable Chief Justice, who are not only senior to her in service but also senior in legal practice before their elevation to the Honourable High Court

Date:07-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link